Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 19-25
May 19: PBS newscaster Jim Lehrer is 85. TV personality David Hartman is 84. Actor James Fox is 80. Actress Nancy Kwan is 80. Musician Pete Townshend is 74. Singer-bassist Dusty Hill of ZZ Top is...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Who's Pete Townshend, the man who helped invent the rock opera, has now written a rock novel.
Hachette Books announced Tuesday that the British composer-guitarist's "The...
Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents' home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans.
Review: Daniel Romano connects with cosmos on ‘Finally Free’
Daniel Romano, "Finally Free" (New West Records)
Eclectic, prolific Canadian Daniel Romano's "Finally Free" connects directly to the cosmos, his acoustic-based compositions relying on gorgeous melodies and vocal harmonies to construct a set worthy of any Woodstock-era festival.
Roger Daltrey, "As Long As I Have You" (Republic Records)
It may seem paradoxical to begin a review of a Roger Daltrey album by mentioning Pete Townshend, but The Who vocalist himself credits his bandmate for encouragement in getting "As Long As I Have You" finished.
"I'd lost confidence in it, due to a long break recovering from meningitis," Daltrey says in a touching liner note on his first solo record since 1992.
Today in History for May 19th
Roger Daltrey nearly "shelved" his new solo record 'As Long as I Have You' after battling meningitis.
The 74-year-old music legend came down with the severe bacterial infection whilst making his ninth record and was so poorly he thought he might die, and it made him question the quality of the music on the record.
Luckily, the 'Pinball Wizard' hitmaker's The Who bandmate Pete Townshend came to his rescue just before he was about to abandon the release entirely.
Bettye LaVette, "Things Have Changed" (Verve Records)
There are enough cover versions of Bob Dylan songs for a lifetime but Bettye LaVette's own dozen are a truly special kind. She doesn't simply sing them — she molds, adopts and transforms them, taking possession of the songs like few other interpreters do or can.
Roger Daltrey's new solo album was saved by Pete Townshend.
The 74-year-old singer has teamed up with Pete, 72, on his new solo album 'As Long As I Have You', and has admitted to harbouring doubts about the project before his Who bandmate convinced him to press ahead with the record.
He confessed: "There was a time there when I didn't think I'd make it at all. But this incredible peace came over me. I'll never forget it.
"Pete was the one who convinced me that it was great."
Cleveland Connects: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame forum will highlight museum’s impact on the city
Cleveland Connects: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame forum will highlight museum's impact on the city
Roger Daltrey is set to perform The Who's 'Tommy' in full with local orchestras in the US this summer.
The 'My Generation' rocker - who is joined by guitarist Pete Townshend when playing in the legendary rock band - will perform 10 solo shows, kicking off on June 8 with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in New York City, before concluding with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center in Ohio on July 8.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Roger Daltrey's voice may not soar as it once did. But even after 50 years of touring he hasn't lost his teenage spirit.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Victor, an A-list literary agent whose colorful personality was well-matched by such clients as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Andrew Lloyd Webber, has died.
Victor died Wednesday in London of a heart attack, according to Charlie Brotherstone, an agent at Ed Victor Ltd. Victor was 77 and had been battling leukemia.
Today in History for May 19th
The Who have announced a six-show Las Vegas residency.
The British rockers - led by 71-year-old guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend, and 73-year-old singer Roger Daltrey - took to Facebook late on Monday (13.03.17) to announce they are set to take to the stage at the famous Caesars Palace for a six-show residency which kicks off on July 29.
LONDON (AP) — Gustav Metzger, whose concept of "auto-destructive art" inspired The Who's Pete Townshend to smash his guitars, has died at age 90.
Publicist Erica Bolton said Metzger died Wednesday at his London home.
Born to Polish Jewish parents in Nuremberg, Germany in 1926, Metzger was one of thousands of "Kindertransport" children brought to Britain from Nazi-occupied Europe in 1939. Most of his family died in the Holocaust.
It’s a good thing it was the 1960s — before video games — when The Who was working on its iconic album, “Tommy.” The English rock band’s famous tune, “Pinball Wizard,” just wouldn’t have had the same ring to it, if it had been called “Video Game Wizard.”
There's a lot to being in a tribute band.
"You'll have people in the crowd who know every note," Jamie McGregor said. "I will be looking for that."
McGregor was judging the Mile High Tribute Band Competition at Lefthand Brewery's Leftapalooza at Longmont's Roosevelt Park on Saturday afternoon and looking for stage presence and the ability to hit those "signature bits" of famous bands' songs.
There was some serious competition. The guitarist from The...